SALT LAKE CITY — In order to meet the state’s increasing workforce needs, the Utah Department of Workforce Services awarded eight grants, totaling $1 million, to education and industry partnerships.

The grants awarded through Talent Ready Utah were split into different quantities ranging from $72,000 to $249,281.

Horizonte Instruction and Training Center in Salt Lake City received $147,043 in grant money. Principal Joshua Bell said the school will use the grant to fund certified nursing assistant training for its students pursuing their high school diplomas.

“Through this grant, we’ve provided students access to the entire health care industry,” he said. “Whereas they normally wouldn’t have access to begin with.”

Bell emphasized that the funding will allow students to simultaneously pursue their high school education while seeking

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